When abseiling, anchor materials such as slings / tape, quicklinks / maillons, or other items are usually left behind. Without these sacrificial items, most natural anchors are too high friction to allow a traditional rope retrieval.
A fiddlestick-style retrievable anchor system requires less rope for an abseil, makes the pull down much easier, and allows canyoners to leave nothing behind.
Using this technique, anchors can be set back from an edge or even around a corner, natural formations like arches and chockstones can be used as abseil anchors, rope wear is almost entirely removed (preventing damage to rocks, trees, and other natural anchors), and time is saved because the abseil rope doesn’t need to be pulled through the anchor.
This kit provides everything you need to start using this technique. It includes:
- A Smooth Operator fiddlestick-style toggle from BG Gear;
- 65m of top quality Samson Amsteel-Blue 3mm Dyneema pull cord, terminated with a Locked Brummel Eye Splice;
- A Fat Canyoners pull cord bag, specifically designed for Australian conditions.
Samson Amsteel-Blue is a lightweight, tough, abrasion resistant, floating rope that is exceptionally strong (average breaking strength of 1,100kgs).
The locked eye splice creates a secure, low profile eye which girth hitches to your toggle (or an optional Dyneema pull cord extender). It drastically increases the breaking strength of the pullcord, won’t slip under load, and provides a smoother profile to avoid potential snags.
The pull cord bag is handmade in the Blue Mountains by T2 (who runs this site). The flared shape, reinforced edges, and rugged mesh sides all work together to ensure the bag stands upright for easy stuffing.
- Weight: 640 grams
- Materials: Polycarbonate, Dyneema SK78, 1000D Cordura nylon fabric / rugged mesh
- Dimensions: 220mm height, 160mm width, 85mm depth
- Made in: United States of America and Australia